Born in Wenatchee, Washington, along the Columbia River, which runs through the Basalt canyons bordering the Colville Native Reservation, Mirabelli was drawn to the dry, arid summer air blanketing the sagebrush hills where weather beaten farmhouses stood abandoned along dusty dirt roads. These stark impressions, hauntingly beautiful, were the inspiration behind Mirabelli's personal journey into the world of impressionistic painting.
As his surroundings changed, his subject matter echoed the esthetic of his new environment. Mirabelli pursued his formal art education at the Burnley School of Professional Art in Seattle and later moved to New York City to fulfill a lifetime dream of becoming an artist there. From his loft on 23rd Street, his paintings captured the explosive energy of New York City with bold, vibrant abstract impressions of the time.
Today , living in the Hudson Valley, Mirabelli's paintings reflect a mood-an atmosphere where detail is characterized by his use of contrasting light against dark, while his muted palette represents the purity and simplicity of the land. A fresh approach combined with a technique of layering many pigments and unique brush and scrubbing techniques, create a painterly quality that is his signature mark.
Mirabelli has exhibited extensively in both solo and group juried shows. Private collectors throughout the US have acquired his work. He is served as a guest lecturer and juror for many art organizations and competitions.